Skip to comments.Libertarian Party Tells Ron Paul to Come On Over
Posted on 10/31/2011 11:16:01 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
Rep. Ron Paul may not win the Republican nomination for president, but the prospect of him running as a third party candidate in the general election is not off the table, he says.
Paul, long a favorite of the Libertarian Party, is drawing enthusiastic support from its leaders, who are openly pushing him to consider a third party run for the White House.
Absolutely, that would be fabulous, said Jim Lesczynski, media relations director for the Manhattan Libertarian Party.
Lesczynski says his party agrees with Paul on most of the major issues, calling him an ideal candidate. He added that Paul will do better than he did four years ago, but ultimately thinks he will fail in his bid to gain the Republican nomination.
The Libertarian party would be a perfect ideological fit for Paul, who advocates limited government intervention and hands-off social policy. More than 30 members from the Manhattan chapter of the party actively campaign for Paul.
If Paul did decide to seek the Libertarian party nomination, it wouldnt be the first time. In 1988 he gained the partys nod after publicly criticizing the Reagan administration for large budget deficits.
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Again, doing what you “think” is right by voting turd party or not at all will result in one outcome. So, while you may be able to smugly state, “It’s not my fault”, the rest of the country goes to hell at an excellerated pace. It is my view that it is much easier to turn a small boat than a large ship.
Yep...and the Paul cultists will help that along by wasting their votes on that moonbat.
I don’t think it is sleazy but if you do fine. Do you also think that Palin’s third party hints were sleazy? Just wondering.
First, I am not in the cult of Palin, so yeah, if she made 3rd party threats I'd call her sleazy as well. As it happens though, she made crystal clear when she made her announcement declining to run on Mark Levin's show that she was under no circumstances going to run 3rd party.
The reason Paul is a sleaze is because he is just using the Republican label for his own ends. He is a libertarian, NOT a conservative. He is using the Republican label ONLY because he couldn't win an election to dog catcher with the Libertarian label that actually better suits him.
Hannity and Rush pretty much say the same thing. The constantly say that the just regard the GOP as a vehicle to advance an ideology not as an end in itself. The Libertarian label suits him? Apparently the voters in his district who elected him overwhelming in each election disagree with you. Aren't they the best judge?
I do not believe I have proposed anything that is contrary to what has been considered Republican principle. It is at the same time the very basis of conservatism. It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.
You and I both know Hannity and Rush will endorse and support the eventual GOP nominee - no matter who it is. Paul will not. Hannity and Rush may have their favorites, but at the end of the day they will back the Republican - Paul has already demonstrated in the past that he will not do the same.
Apparently the voters in his district who elected him overwhelming in each election disagree with you. Aren't they the best judge?
Yes, we know Paul uses the GOP label in his district to get elected. If he left the GOP and ran as a libertarian he would face a real GOP candidate with the party infrastructure behind him/her and there is little doubt Paul would lose. This is precisely my point - Paul is only using the Republican party label for his own ends.
His own ends? If you are arguing that Paul is less dedicated than other politicians to a set of ideas, and more interested in than lining his own pocket than these other politicians, you don’t have a very good case. BTW, if Romney is the nominee which with Cain’s bungling in the last few days, there will be many, many non-libertarian conservatives who will not only refuse to vote for the nominee but will be open to a third party. The same would have happened in 2008, IMHO, had not McCain bought them off with Palin.
I meant to say that it is more likely that Romney will be the nominee because of Cain’s bungling.